Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Egyptian archaelogists unearth tomb of 18th Dynasty magistrate in west Luxor - Heritage - Ahram Online

Egyptian archaelogists unearth tomb of 18th Dynasty magistrate in west Luxor - Heritage - Ahram Online: The Egyptian Archaelogical Mission announced on Tuesday that it has discovered a major tomb in Luxor dating back to the18th Dynasty and containing priceless artefacts.

* MoA press release:
"Tomb of Userhat, Draa Abul Nagaa, West Bank, Luxor
The Egyptian archaeological mission working in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis on
Luxor’s west bank unearthed the funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb of
Userhat, the city jury.
Tomb Description: It represents a typical example of a
nobleman tomb. It is a T-shaped tomb consists of an open court leading into a
rectangular hall, a corridor and an inner chamber.
After removing almost 450 metres of debris out of the
open court, appeared the entrance of the tomb as well as two other entrances
leading to two joint tombs.
Excavation works are at its full swings to reveal the
secrets of these two tombs.
Inside the rectangular hall, a well-preserved wooden
coffin, decorated with coloured scenes, was unearthed and a nine metres deep
shaft was uncovered. Inside the shaft, the mission has located two rooms; one
on the eastern side where a collection of ushabti figurines, wooden masks and a
handle of a sarcophagus lid was unearthed. The second one is located on the western
side but did not completely excavated yet.
The corridor of the tomb leads into an inner chamber
where a cachette of sarcophagi is found. It houses a collection of sarcophagi
from the 21st Dynasty with mummies wrapped in linen.
A collection of ushabti figurines carved in faience,
terracotta and wood was also unearthed as well as another collection of clay
pots of different shapes and sizes.
Team Work: Dr. MostafaWaziri, Head of Archaeological
mission Mohamed Khalil Head of the Antiquities Inspectors Mohamed Daabish and
Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Antiquities Inspectors Ahmed Baghdady and Ramadan Salem,
Restorers "

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